Jamil received her PhD from Michigan State University and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland - College Park. Her research interests lie in the areas of political behavior, political representation, race and ethnicity politics and gender politics.
Race, Ethnicity and Politics
Gender and Politics
State and Local Politics
Scholars conclude that increasing the number of elected women of color is vital to achieving gender and racial parity in U.S. politics. Many challenges remain, however, in order for women candidates of color to reach office in proportion to their share of the population. In this dialogue, we focus on the patterns of opportunities that women of color have used to run for state legislative office. Building on other intersectionality work within the American context, we take gender and race/ethnicity to be interactive and mutually constitutive, and thus women of color may face unique challenges and opportunities as candidates as compared to non-Hispanic white women. We examine how three structural features – legislative district demographics, incumbency, and partisanship – influence the emergence and electoral success of women of color candidates. The findings suggest that while women of color are very successful when they run for state legislative office, they are far too often missing from ballots in white districts, pointing to a particular intersectional issue in the partisan pipeline.
In this article, we examine the relationship between racial resentment and a host of political attitudes, predispositions, and behaviors across 28 years and 7 presidential elections. We find, contrary to the suggestions of recent work of the role of race in the Obama era, that the racialization of seemingly nonracial political issues began many years before the debut of Barack Obama and extends beyond his presidency. More specifically, we find, controlling for other factors, that the relationships between racial resentment and partisan and ideological self-identifications, evaluations of the major party presidential candidates, and attitudes about health insurance and governmental services have strengthened each subsequent year beginning in 1988 through 2016. This trend reflects the growing extent to which racial considerations are brought to bear on individual evaluations of and orientations toward the political world